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Bar Italia Italian Restaurant Ormonde Quay Dublin 1.

Bar italia

Bar Italia, Lower Ormonde Quay, Dublin 1.

+353 1 874 1000

Price: € 0-60 (for two with wine)

Hours: Open seven days a week, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Review

Bar Italia Italian restaurant is on the banks of the life, just at the Millenium Bridge and across from Temple Bar. David Izzo spent years as part of the Dunne and Crescenzi family, but now Bar Italia is his baby, and the food and service are as authentically Italian as possible.

Bar Italia doesn't just look Italian, it is Italian. The young waiting staff are all Italian and that's the language you'll hear them use to one another. Italian music plays on the stereo, the coffee machine hisses steam and makes that inimitable noise when steaming the milk for cappuccinos. A blackboard lists the specials of the day, and if you need more convincing of the authenticity you’ll find the names more than a little reassuring, as they too are mostly in Italian.

At lunchtime the tables are set with very pretty printed place setters, and the crowd are a mixture of tourists and local workers who fancy some decent food. A starter special of Burrata and Parma ham is deliciously rich and satisfying, and the homemade ravioli of the day is filled with lobster and crab with a shrimp cream sauce. Both of these dishes are excellent and after a bottle of San Pellegrino and some good freshly made espresso we head out into the chilly November afternoon looking forward, like Paolo some years ago on his first visit to a return for dinner. Here’s a bit of his review;

"Antipasto include really good prosciutto, mortadella, salami, mild provolone, artichoke hearts, cubes of mozzarella and olives. If your appetite was anything less than strong, you could have quit after this. But we went on; a pasta of the day for Isabella, which was tagliatelle with a salmon sauce, gnocchi alla Sorrentina for me and salad for Susie. These were all dishes that reeked of the Italic shores; the tastes were genuinely authentic. I've been unhappy more than once with the quality of ingredients in Ireland that pass themselves off here as Italian, but in the Bar Italia the ingredients must have been right because the tastes were right."

Modern Italian cooking with authentic flavours and ingredients sums it up nicely. One of Dublin city’s better Italian restaurant, pop along for lunch or dinner for a true taste of Italy.

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